Re: Business case slides

Hi Denis, all,

The 10% statistic can be found here on the UN site :

I do not believe the Convention itself contains any demographic data,
contrarily to what is stated in the microsoft press release and I am
unable to find the data they allude to on the UN site. Of course, when it
comes to statistics on persons with disabilities, reliability is not the
first thing that comes to mind. And the UN data is probably a bit dated.


Catherine Roy

On Fri, April 1, 2011 1:28 pm, Denis Boudreau wrote:
> Good afternoon all,
> While we were talking earlier today about slide #7 of the Business Case
> Slide Deck (bcase-presentation-format.ppt), Shadi said the percentage of
> people with disabilities worldwide was around 20%.
> I said I thought it was more like 10%, based on some study I remembered
> seeing form the UN.
> Then I stumbled unto this(1):
> "According to the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities,
> disability affects between 15 percent and 20 percent of the population in
> every country worldwide, and the incidence of disability in industrialized
> nations is increasing as their populations get older. A Forrester Research
> Inc. study commissioned by Microsoft found that 57 percent of working-age
> computer users (18–64 years old) would likely benefit from using
> accessible technology because of difficulties and impairments that may
> affect computer use. As the population continues to age, Forrester noted,
> the number of computer users in the 65–74 age range will increase
> significantly, as will the number of people who would benefit from using
> accessible technology."
> Now, I'm pretty sure I've seen 10% before and know I've been using that
> figure for the longest time. I will keep looking in this and get back to
> you when I find it.
> In the meantime, I guess this means the score is now Shadi 1, Denis 0. ;p
> (1) Source:
> <>.
> Regards,
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